Let’s start with Amica!
Amica De Jager has grown up under the radar on the St Francis Links Estate and many of us have watched her excel in academics and swimming. She has done it again! This time, she won the National 10 Km open water swim at Marina Martinique, winning by a mere 4 seconds! Amica has been winning on open water swims for years!
From swimming South Africa
AMICA DE JAGER CROWNED NEW NATIONAL 10KM OPEN WATER CHAMPION
Friday, 4 March 2022 – The women’s 10km race kicked things off at the SA Open Water Championships at Marina Martinique in the Eastern Cape on Friday with TUKS swimmer Amica de Jager emerging as the new national champion.
De Jager crowned new national 10km open water champion SA Open Water Swimming Championships 2022.
The 22-year-old took the race out hard and then settled into her rhythm. Eventually, it came down to a pack of three Pretoria swimmers on the eighth and final lap, with De Jager powering ahead in the final 100m to edge out her teammates Catherine van Rensburg and Stephanie Houtman. De Jager finished in a time of 2 hours 9 minutes 20 with Van Rensburg second in 2:09.24 and Houtman taking the bronze in 2:09.35. “I took it out and I felt like it was quite hard in the beginning but then it definitely slowed down and we were all in a pack,” said an elated De Jager afterwards. “It was hectic. There were six or maybe seven or eight and everyone was just swimming next to each other so it was quite rough for a couple of laps. But we just hung in there and in the end, we managed to break away. It’s great sharing the podium with my teammates,” she added.
“I knew it was going to come down to a sprint, so I was just making sure I had enough left in the tank for that sprint.
“The whole race, I wanted it so bad… I couldn’t believe it on the last lap. I was like hey, I’ve actually got a chance here, so it was awesome.” In finishing in the top two, De Jager has ensured she’s in the running for selection to compete at the World Swimming Championships in Budapest at the end of June.
“It’s absolutely incredible. It’s one of my ultimate goals to go to world champs so that would be incredible,” she said of the prospect.
“I love what I’m doing and I love open water swimming so my goal is to do my best, have an amazing swim and enjoy it and that’s exactly what I did, so I love it.”
Neil Mulder shared a great story of kindness
Last year I walked with Micah at one of the junior events on Links and noticed a few guys with incredible talent, playing some great shots with an absolute mixed bag of clubs, literally various makes of irons to make up a set.
I was moved by their enthusiasm and passion and began dreaming of a way to assist. Well, a few months later I happened to sell Svein-Erik Stiansen’s home and became aware of various sets of clubs that were no longer used. It ended up being clubs, bags and shoes!! A combination of Svein-Erik’s generosity, the logistical support of Dave and Jenny Hart and the enormous network of Fred and Micah’s contacts, meant that we found the players who could benefit from this enormous gift. Furthermore, the PE Pro Shop sized and regripped the clubs, gratis – for nothing!
Take a bow guys, take a bow!
Thanks, Neil. That was an amazing act of kindness from all involved. Other members have donated equipment and we do our best to find a home for it. Jeff.
The Ladies are League fighters
Playing their first two matches of the year, our ladies shined as they defeated their hosts, Humewood, 7-5 and halved with Walmer, 6-6. Lynn Slogrove proves to always be a great anchor (mentally and physically) and it is great to see new faces on the side! Well done from top left – Helen Bridges, Captain, Sally Nienaber, Elmarie Maarschalk, Lynn, Bimpie Olivier and Lynda Mynhardt. Helen and Sally won both matches.
Then on to Christo – Our Bee Man
2022 Honey Harvest
Bee season here in St Francis Bay can be expected to stretch from December-April, with some years going well into May. This means that there is noticeably high bee activity. This was my 5th bee season since I was introduced to beekeeping by Garth Perry on his farm near the Mpofu Dam.
I was astonished by the number of swarms moving about and occupying hard to reach places – that somehow seems like the safest place to be. A swarm consists when the “mother colony” gets too big for its inhabitable space. At this time a fraction of the colony will break off, with a queen, and settle somewhere new. I believe in responsible relocation of unsafe swarms and occasionally do removals. KUDZ’ Honey is also exposing interested nature lovers to the world of bees – not for the faint of heart and no guarantees that it will be a stingless endeavour.
This year there is a new flavour of honey in the range. We introduced a new apiary next to the Seekoei River, situated halfway between St Francis Bay and Jeffreys Bay. The honey has a delicious burnt toffee taste and is packed full of Fynbos and aloe micro-organisms.
Big thanks to everyone’s support and interest in bees and honey. Our combined efforts will certainly give a chance to this important species to excel in nature.
You must ask Christo what KUDZ means?
We Salute our Members and Staff!
The PGA is ON! 3-6 November 2022
Special Members’ Meeting with the Directors to discuss Estate business – 18 March at 9h30 – very important, please attend!
The Week’s Results
26 Feb – Alliance – Graham Botha, Tony Gunton, Malcolm White and Kyle De Beer
2 March – Ecotect Projects Medal – Ladies – (G) Lynn Slogrove and Sally Nienaber; Men (G) Chris V Rensburg and Hein Spangenberg
5 March – Foursomes – Rex and Margot McGregor
8 March – Colony Taste of Africa – Helen Bridges, Alison Bosch, Janet McNaughton and Bimpie Olivier
Club Champs 2022
Men’s 2-3 April; Ladies – 5-6 April
Player of the week
James had a birthday
Download the Zapper app and take a chance!
Thank you all for caring about your course – #leading the way! Adopt a hole (AAH) works.
The 2021 Calendar and results